Since the economic crash in 2008, Congress has offered extended unemployment benefits after state benefits run out. Last year, during the fiscal cliff negotiations, Republicans successfully cut off these extended benefits effective last week. But Senator Jack Reed has teamed up with Senator Dean Heller, a Republican from Nevada, to extend the program for another three months.
With a vote looming next week, Senator Jack Reed called into the RI Future newsroom today to speak to the politics behind the issue, as well as the economic and moral imperative to protecting the people out of work “through no fault of their own” from further financial harm.
You can listen to our full conversation here: